Puerto Viejo Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Budget Travelers
- 82%Green Travelers
- 67%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (18)
- Puerto ViejoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jan 18, 2014
Puerto Viejo is a hidden gem! I recently visited this place and I fell in love with the people, the atmosphere, the culture and all this place has to offer. Puerto Viejo quickly becomes a place you can call home :) the beaches are great, the food and vibes are just so magnetic. Definitely coming back to PV... PURA VIDA
- Puerto ViejoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Dec 30, 2013
Nice beach, nice people, nice music. You can find everything in Puerto Viejo, from local culture as Rasta man and Bribri natives, to sushi and international cuisine.
- Puerto ViejoDec 02, 2013
Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is relatively sleepy in comparison with other Central American hot spots, but Puerto Viejo, the tiny beach town in the country's southeastern corner, is the best bet for a laid-back Caribbean getaway. The beaches are beautiful (from pristine white sands to silty, ethereal black sand), the food is delicious (banana pancakes and jerk chicken and fish), and there is never a shortage of cold Imperials and live reggae music. Viva 'Pura Vida'!
- Puerto ViejoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 02, 2013
On the eastern side of Costa Rica you'll find Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It's a laid back surfer town and backpacker's paradise where the cold Imperial beer is flowing and the aromas of sticky ganja, sunscreen, and coconut all softly mix in the air. I guess a telling review would be that no matter your age or interests, you'll love spending 2 or 3 days in this beach town. You'll make new friends, surf, sun-bath, grab an old bicycle and take off: peddling along the rustic beach trails. Or just just stop time and sit - sipping cervezas with your bum in the sand and smiling the entire time. When it's time to leave...you definitely won't want to.
- Puerto ViejoDec 02, 2013
PV is not for everyone :) But if you like off the beaten path, eclectic and exotic destinations, this is the place! With Beaches more beautiful than you can imagine, masses of rainforest bursting with wildlife and 46 nationalities sharing this piece of paradise, you'll remember this place all your life. It should come with a warning though: Very easy to fall in love with!
- Puerto ViejoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Apr 03, 2013
A great town to visit in Costa Rica. It has not become quite as Americanized as other parts of Costa Rica. Though everyone will probably be American that you meet here it is still very nice. Must check out the beaches. Rent beach cruisers for $4 a day and check out the whole area. Must get to Cahuita National Park while in this area and see wild monkeys and sloths. Watch out for fire ants and wear mosquito repellent.
- Puerto ViejoOct 09, 2012
I lived here awhile ago. I guess it has changed a bit. Seemed a little sketchy to me, but I have since been back and it appeared to be cleaned up a bit. If you like surfing challenging waves, paddle out at Salsa Brava; it is located directly in front of the "reggae bar". Not sure if that is what the bar is named, but you will know it when you see it. Also good surfing at La Isla and Playa Grande. There is tons of exploration along this coast including some outer islands, but the surf season is short. Water is not even warm, it's hot!
- Puerto ViejoSep 29, 2012
Puerto Viejo charmed me in all the right ways. The southward stretch of the main road ambles through a hauntingly beautiful cacophony of jungle which cuts through on one side to stretches of beaches on the Caribbean coastline that are both rugged and impossibly pristine.
The center of town is a blend of chilled-out Caribbean vibes, amazing cuisine, and total nightlife debauchery. Sleepy Sleaze Gourmand, if you will. My favorite?
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